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Huskies Take On Ducks Saturday In Eugene
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THE GAME: The Washington football team (3-5 overall, 2-2 in the Pac-10) heads south to Eugene to take on the top-ranked Oregon Ducks (8-0 overall, 5-0 in the Pac-10) in a nationally televised game at Autzen Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Ducks will be the Huskies sixth ranked opponent in the last seven games. After the Oregon game, the Huskies don't play again until hosting UCLA in a Thursday-night game Nov. 18 at Husky Stadium.

QUICK HITTERS VS. OREGON: Senior LB Mason Foster, who led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2008, continues to sit atop the league in that stat again in 2010 with 12.5 tackles per game, good for third in the nation ... Washington has the top three tacklers in the conference as Nate Williams is second with 8.75 per game and Dennison is third with 8.57 ... walkon punter Kiel Rasp, who took over for injured starter Will Mahan after game one, ranks No. 28 in the nation in punting with an average of 44.1 yards per boot, on pace to set a school record for punting average ... junior WR Jermaine Kearse ranks No. 16 in the nation and is third in the Pac-10 with 90.4 receiving yards per game ... sophomore TB Chris Polk now has eight career 100-yard rushing games, which includes three this year ... with 20 scores in 22 trips, the Huskies rank No. 10 in the nation in red-zone offense ... Jake Locker now ranks second in UW history in career pass completions, attempts and yards (second to Cody Pickett in each case) ... Locker's 8,859 career yards of total offense now ranks 15th in Pac-10 history ... the last time the UW faced a No. 1 team, they nearly pulled off the upset, falling to top-ranked USC, 27-24, on Sept. 29, 2007.

TELEVISION: The Washington-Oregon game will air regionally on ABC television, with Carter Blackburn, former Husky quarterback Brock Huard and former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti providing the call. You can also watch the broadcast at ESPN3.com. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with features, one-on-one interviews and sideline video.

RADIO: The Washington ISP Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 17 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The Husky broadcast will also air on Sirius and XM satellite radio, and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com. The game will also air nationally on Touchdown Radio with Roxy Bernstein and Gino Torretta on the call.

HUSKIES vs. DUCKS HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 39 losses and five ties. While the series of games played in Eugene has the Ducks enjoying a 14-12 edge all-time (Oregon's home games vs. the UW were played in Portland for many years), the Huskies are 31-19-4 against their cross-border rivals in games played in Seattle. Washington has been a frequent visitor to Eugene in recent years. Last seasons' game in Seattle was just the third in the decade while they've met at Autzen in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008. The teams didn't play each other in 2001, the first break in the series since 1943, when Washington played only military opponents. The Ducks have had the edge of late, winning 11 of the last 15 against the Dawgs. The Huskies, however, have won 15 of the last 28 and 21 of the last 35. Last year at Husky Stadium, Oregon won, 43-19. Two years ago in Eugene in the season-opener for both teams, Jeremiah Masoli came off the bench and led the Ducks to a 44-10 win. In 2007 in Seattle, the Huskies and Ducks were tied at 31-31 after three quarters before Oregon pulled away in the final period for a 55-34 win. The Huskies' last win over Oregon was in 2003, when Shelton Sampson and Kenny James both rushed for over 100 yards in a 42-10 Husky victory. Washington and Oregon first met on the football field in 1900, a 43-0 Oregon win in Eugene. The Huskies got their first win in the series in the next meeting, a 6-5 victory in 1903. From 1974 to 1993, Washington won 17 of 20 meetings. The series also features one of the biggest year-to-year turnarounds in college football history as the Ducks beat the Huskies, 58-0, in 1973 and then lost at the UW, 66-0, the following year.

WASHINGTON-OREGON TIES: While there's barely any crossover between the UW and UO coaching staffs, many Husky and Duck players have played with or against one another in their high school days. On the coaching side, longtime Duck assistant Gary Campbell was on the coaching staff at Pacific for one season when UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt played there. Washington's current roster includes just two players from the state of Oregon: freshman OL James Atoe, from The Dalles; and sophomore WR Jordan Polk of Portland. The Ducks' roster, however, includes five Washingtonians: OL Nick Cody (Brush Prairie/Hockinson), OL C.E. Kaiser (Veradale/Central Valley), TE David Paulson (Auburn/Riverside) and DL Jonathan Witz (Mercer Island). A fair number of other Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school, mostly in California: UW kicker Erik Folk and Oregon PK Eric Solis and WR Kenjon Barner all went to Notre Dame High near Los Angeles. Husky DT Chris Robinson and Oregon's Javes Lewis both went to Tustin (Calif.) High while Husky DT De'Shon Matthews and Duck LB Bryson Littlejohn are both grads of Laguna Creek HS in Sacramento. UW O-lineman Colin Tanigawa and Oregon's Chad Peppars both attended L.A.'s Loyola High, and Husky Gregory Ducre and Duck Terrell Turner both played at Crenshaw. Lastly, UW's Erik Kohler and Nick Montana both went to Oaks Christian High, same as Oregon's Anthony Gildon and Casey Matthews; while Husky OL Gregory Christine and Duck DB Troy Hill both went to St. Bonaventure.

DAWGS AND THE NORTHWEST: Washington's oldest and longest rivalries are against the other three other northwest Pac-10 schools. The Huskies have faced Washington State 102 times, Oregon in 102 games and Oregon State on 94 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-39-5, Washington State 65-31-6 and Oregon State 57-34-4. Combined, Washington has a 180-104-15 (.627) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 81 prior occasions. Over those 81 seasons in which Oregon, OSU and WSU were all on the UW schedule, the Dawgs have swept all three 28 times. In the meantime, the Huskies have lost to all three in the same season on only seven occasions.

UW AGAINST NO. 1: Washington has played 11 games against No. 1 teams, as ranked by the Associated Press. The Huskies have posted only a 1-9-1 record in such games, with the lone victory coming over top-ranked Minnesota in the 1961 Rose Bowl. The last such game, in 2007 vs. top-ranked USC, nearly resulted in upset as the Huskies fell by three points, 27-24. The Huskies' first-ever game against a No. 1 team had to have been considered an upset as an unranked UW team travelled to Berkeley and held top-ranked California to a 0-0 tie. Of the 10 No. 1 teams the Huskies have played, the '60 Michigan team, the '67 USC team, the '72 USC team, the 2001 Miami Hurricanes and the 2004 Trojans went on to win the AP national title, though the '37 Cal, '39 USC, and '69 Ohio State each won minor poll championships. Here are Washington's 11 all-time games against No. 1-ranked (AP only) teams:

Nov. 6, 1937    at California              T, 0-0
Dec. 2, 1939    at USC                     L, 7-9
Jan. 2, 1961    vs. Minnesota (Rose Bowl)  W, 17-7
Oct. 21, 1967   USC                        L, 6-23
Oct. 19, 1968   at USC                     L, 7-14
Oct. 4, 1969    Ohio State                 L, 14-41
Oct. 21, 1972   at USC                     L, 7-34
Nov. 24, 2001   at Miami (Fla.)            L, 7-65
Oct. 23, 2004   at USC                     L, 0-38
Oct. 22, 2005   USC                        L, 24-51
Sept. 29, 2007  USC                        L, 27-24

PLAYING THE TRUE FRESHMEN: In the BYU game, Washington set a school record by utilizing 13 true freshmen. The largest number of true freshmen every to play in a season at the UW was 12, in 2008. Against Syracuse, a 14th first-year man played. Here's a list of freshmen who have played this year: TB Jesse Callier, CB Gregory Ducre, FB Zach Fogerson, LB Princeton Fuimaono, LB Garret Gilliland, TE Michael Hartvigson, DE Hau'oli Jamora, OL Erik Kohler, S Sean Parker, LB Cooper Pelluer, OL Colin Porter, DT Sione Potoa'e, WR Kevin Smith and S Taz Stevenson. Additionally, seven true freshmen have started at least one game this season: Callier, Fuimaono, Gilliland, Jamora, Kohler, Porter and Potoa'e.

CAPTAINS: At the "Raise the Woof!" kickoff celebration held on Aug. 27, the four captains for the 2010 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior LB Mason Foster (Seaside, Calif.), junior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.), senior QB Jake Locker (Ferndale, Wash.) and senior S Nate Williams (Renton, Wash.). Locker was also voted as a season captain in 2009. Additionally, at each game, two game captains accompany the regular four on to the field for the coin flip. Here's a list of those:
at BYU: Cort Dennison, Nick Montana
vs. Syracuse: Victor Aiyewa, Andrew Hudson
vs. Nebraska: Greg Walker, Josh Shirley
at USC: Chris Robinson, Princeton Fuimaono
vs. Arizona State: Jesse Callier, Micah Hatchie
vs. Oregon State: Victor Aiyewa, Colin Tanigawa
at Arizona: Justin Glenn, Josh Shirley
vs. Stanford: J. Atoe, M. Criste, M. Hatchie, S. Parker, B. Riva, C. Tanigawa

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